FC @ Cannes 2019 – Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ is a sensationally effective take on the class divide

Posted on May 24, 2019


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Plus, Shahrbanoo Sadat’s ‘The Orphanage’, which worships Bachchan. And Arnaud Desplechin’s cop drama, ‘Oh Mercy’.

The Holy Grail of a festival film is that which ticks off all the important boxes (it is by an auteur; it is about a big issue; it’s a work of art) and also manages to be a hell of a ride. Korean director Bong Joon-ho is one of a handful of international filmmakers who manages it every single time. Well, almost, depending on your reaction to Okja, but look at the work Bong has racked up: Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer, The Host, and now, the sensationally effective Parasite, which makes powerful points about the class divide without ever crossing the divide between entertainment and message-mongering. The film is for anyone who’s felt a twinge while casually having a meal (at an upscale restaurant) that probably costs a good chunk of the waiter’s salary. One doesn’t — and should not — have to apologise about the accident of being born into privilege. But what do you do about the unprivileged who are silently… watching?

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